Nintendo is launching a NES reboot that will embed 30 classic games into one small new system. It will ship with one controller but supports up to two of them using a few options.

"You can even enjoy playing several of these games with two players by attaching a second NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used (each sold separately)."

The NES Classic also connects to your TV over HDMI which is great considering most of these old system-in-one remakes usually ship with the old analog video ports making them not work on newer TV's and also look bad.

We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers."

The NES Classic ships with most of the top games on the system, many I don't actually own including:

  • Balloon Fight


  • Castlevania

  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

  • Donkey Kong

  • Donkey Kong Jr.


  • Dr. Mario

  • Excitebike


  • Galaga



  • Ice Climber

  • Kid Icarus

  • Kirby’s Adventure

  • Mario Bros.

  • MEGA MAN 2

  • Metroid



  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

  • StarTropics


  • Super Mario Bros.

  • Super Mario Bros. 2

  • Super Mario Bros. 3


  • The Legend of Zelda

  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

  • I believe the NES Classic will be a really accessible way to play these classic games and may open them up to a new generation that might not otherwise have played them. The news of this new system has spread like wildfire over the Internet and Nintendo was asked by one publication if the NES Classic would support other game karts. Nintendo was very clear that these games were built in and you couldn't add more later. Makes sense why they'd do this, but part of me wishes that Nintendo was going to release a retro system that could accept a USB drive with a modern pressing of a NES game on it as crazy as that sounds. That said, I bet this will be hacked on day one and there will be some guide showing you how to load more stuff on to this.

    I plan on picking this up as I've said before, some of these games I don't actually own and would like to such as The Adventure of Link and Super C. I hope this system improves some of the failings of the NES games on the original Wii as if you had your Wii connected to your Widescreen TV in 16x9 mode it stretched the NES games to fit the 16x9 resolution which made them very awkward to play. I also hope they don't apply any filters to enhance the image and if they do make all of that selectable so I can turn it off. I really do prefer playing these games in all the pixel glory and don't like all the modern smoothing effects as it makes the games look really bad.

    That said, this looks to be a perfect Christmas present as it will launch to retailers on November 11th. Will Santa Claus be dropping one of these off at your house or are you going to skip this entirely?

    Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/15/2016 at 07:57am

    Wow, Jon, I just saw this news and thought about reporting it here. You're good, man!

    I don't know if I'll bite on this, but it does look interesting. There are some games listed that I'm interested in playing again, especially Dr. Mario and the Super Mario Bros. games. As for the Zelda games, I have those for the Gamecube, they came on a pre-order bonus disc I got for Zelda: Wind Waker. I haven't tried playing any of these games on the Virtual Console. Still, it seems interesting. I guess I'll just wait and see. I don't like the idea that these are the only games that the system will play, but I do like the idea that it will connect to your TV with an HDMI cable.

    Here's the article I found:

    Travis   Admin wrote on 07/15/2016 at 11:25am

    I'm torn on this. I like the idea of it but at the same time I currently have two NES consoles hooked up, and I already own most of these games.

    At the same time, I still kinda want it. For one, the cool factor. For two, those old consoles won't last forever.

    I wonder if sometimes when you boot up the games they'll randomly blink blue/black to simulate the experience of the real deal? :D

    AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/15/2016 at 02:10pm

    I'm pretty sure this is metaphorically already under my Christmas tree. I showed it to my wife yesterday and she seemed pretty excited about it too :)

    scrypt   Supporter wrote on 07/15/2016 at 02:33pm

    Such a great lineup of games, too. With HDMI connectivity built in, this is very appealing. I love that it's priced the same as a standard new game. You could get the new Call of Duty, or a nice collection of gaming history!

    Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 07/15/2016 at 03:25pm

    At first I was down for this, then I went through the list and saw that all but two of the games are already on the Wii U virtual console. The two that aren't are available on the wii virtual console. Given that, I think I will hold off, unless this can do something that virtual console can't.

    jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2016 at 12:32am

    They are available there but they cost more if you buy them that way. This is a pretty good discount with the addition of a system included.

    Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/16/2016 at 03:59am

    Here are some extra details if you're interested, including that it has no Internet connectivity, no external storage, no additional games (other than the ones listed), and the drive bay does not open. It also begs the question of whether or not we'll see a similar product for the SNES and N64.

    Travis   Admin wrote on 07/16/2016 at 04:02am

    Yeah... that's all true but people will still figure out how to hack it and put more stuff on it.

    I imagine there's a small computer in there comparable to the raspberry pi, but definitely not compatible with it, that runs an emulator with the same kinds of roms we have been using for years.

    And sure, there'll be encryption on them, but we're talking about nerds here. Someone will find a way around it and figure out how to get more stuff on it.

    I half expect a kind of gray-market situation like the R4 and CycloDS for the Nintendo DS, where you can buy something and with a little modification, maybe soldering, play whatever you want on it.

    jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2016 at 04:10pm

    Travis: I hope so.

    Greg: SNES and 64 remakes? I'd love that.

    scrypt   Supporter wrote on 07/16/2016 at 07:14pm

    A pocket SNES with 30+ games on it, similar to this device?! Yes, please!

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